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Coal

Contemporary dance / theatre piece

Choreographed by Gary Clarke

Independent Producer: ANNABEL DUNBAR
Dramaturgy: LOU COPE
Costume and Set Design: RYAN DAWSON LAIGHT
Lighting Design: CHARLES WEBBER
Musical Director: STEVEN ROBERTS
Thatcher Voiceover: STEVE NALLON
Composer: KIT BODENHAM
Soundscape Design: DANIEL THOMAS
Performers: TC HOWARD, PARSIFAL JAMES (PJ) HURST, JACK SERGISON, ALISTAIR GOLDSMITH, ELEANOR PERRY, BENO NOVAK, ROBERT ANDERSON, PATRICIA LANGA

2017 April - London / United Kingdom

Marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984/85 British Miners’ strike, award winning choreographer Gary Clarke proudly presents COAL, a riveting dance theatre show which takes a nostalgic look at the hard hitting realities of life at the coal face.

Strong, powerful and emotive, COAL explores the darker underbelly of the mining industry unearthing the true nature and body wrecking demands of a working class industry now almost forgotten.

Bringing together Clarke’s striking physical language performed by a company of 7 stunning professional dancers, a local community cast of women and a live brass band, COAL is an emotional, moving and ever-relevant exploration of community, solidarity and survival.


“COAL is a direct response to my upbringing in the working class mining village of Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire. It’s about trying to capture a time in British history that is too easily forgotten. It is an attempt at keeping the memories of the mining industry alive, an industry that I believe shaped the fabric of our society and how we live our lives today. These communities are at the heart of COAL.” Gary Clarke 2015.

Providing the distinctive voice of Margaret Thatcher is actor Steve Nallon, still best known for his many performances as the controversial Prime Minister in long-running cult TV satirical comedy hit Spitting Image.

Performers are pushed to physical and emotional extremes, with an evocative score of live brass classics organised by Musical Director Steven Roberts and a thunderous soundscape by Noise Artist Daniel Thomas.